Listen to today’s devo!

Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?” (Matt. 2:1–2)

In 1952, King George VI of Great Britain died and his daughter became the queen—Queen Elizabeth II. In nations that have a monarchy, when the ruler dies, the eldest son becomes the king. Or, if there is no son, the next monarch may be the king’s daughter, as occurred when George VI died. When the eldest child is born to a monarch, the child is destined to become a king or a queen.

Through the centuries, a thousand times or more, a baby has become a king. But only once in history did a King become a baby. That’s what we celebrate at Christmas. When the wise men came from the east, they stopped in Jerusalem, the capital city, and asked the question, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?” Where else would a king be born except in a palace, surrounded by luxury?

A stable? Unthinkable! What self-respecting king would be born in a stable? That’s just it. This was not a baby becoming a king. This was the King of all kings becoming a baby. Where he was born is not the point. Where he reigns is the point.

The throne in your heart is the place he seeks. And this will be your best Christmas yet if you abdicate the throne and give it over to him.

Invite the King of kings to occupy the throne of your heart.

Ron McClung has completed fifty-four years of ministry with The Wesleyan Church. He and his wife, Carol, enjoy spending time with their two sons, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

© 2020 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.